This body of work was primarily created for the Exhibition ‘Marking Injustice- A painters way of Coping’ at the Alsop gallery at Bridport Arts Center in 2015 ‘Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’.
I became concerned with the plight of asylum seekers and refugees when the tabloid press took up the issue and began to deliberately and regularly inflate the tension surrounding the subject of immigration and confuse the distinction between asylum seekers and migrant workers. I felt my sympathies being drawn to both groups for different reasons.
The necessary and desperate act of stowing away de-humanises and degrades each individual and yet this ‘human freight’ retains an element of dignity and courage that depicts the many life histories that bring people to this point of desperation.
My sketchbooks often reveal how my ideas and pre-occupations are intrinsic to my mark-making. New thoughts interplay with old obsessions, thus creating dynamic challenges during the process of composition for larger work.